How Many Farriers Are There In The United States?

Our best guess is around 28,000, including both full-time and part-time farriers. The U.S. Census Bureau does not collect occupation statistics in regard to farriers, so there are no official government figures.

Among American Farriers Journal readers, 80% indicate they are full-time farriers.

— 2016 American Farriers Journal Benchmark Study and staff estimates

How Did Last Year’s Footcare Business Income Compare With The Previous Year?

Some 62% of farriers indicated their business income increased in 2016 when compared with the previous year. Only 6% saw a drop in income while it stayed the same for 32% of the farriers.

—2017 International Hoof-Care Summit attendee survey

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